A Course in Christian Discipleship for Africa

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Alison Morgan

Revd Dr Alison Morgan

Stanley Hotay

Bishop Stanley Hotay


Kinga Gorak

jonathan rendall

Jonathan Rendall


Revd Trevor Pearce


Catherine Mwega


Archbishop John Sentamu, our patron

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original drawings designed for Rooted in Jesus by William Mather


'I pray that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.' Ephesians 3.16-17







Who is involved in Rooted in Jesus?


Rooted in Jesus is published by ReSource
Rooted in Jesus is published by ReSource, an independent Anglican charity based in Wells, Somerset, UK. ReSource’s vision is to help build a church which is diverse, local, renewed in the Spirit and effective in mission. We work with local churches of all types and traditions, with deaneries, dioceses and other denominational groupings. The ReSource team was commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in 2004, and our patron is Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.
Rooted in Jesus was conceived in 2002 in conversation between Stanley Hotay of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro and Roger & Alison Morgan of the church of Holy Trinity, Leicester. Developed and directed by Alison Morgan, Rooted in Jesus was initially run and supported from within Holy Trinity with help from the Diocese of Leicester, which is linked with the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro. When Roger and Alison left Leicester in 2008, Rooted in Jesus was formally adopted as a project of ReSource, where Alison has continued to direct it alongside her other responsibilities.

Rooted in Jesus is directed by Alison Morgan
Rooted in Jesus was edited and developed by Revd Dr Alison Morgan, in association with a team of writers with experience of working in Africa. Alison is the International Director of Rooted in Jesus, and author of the various training materials which are used to introduce and support the programme. Alison has a PhD from Cambridge University and prior to her ordination in 1996 was a university lecturer. She worked for many years alongside her husband Roger in parish ministry, and has published many books and course materials. Best known for The Wild Gospel, her latest book is Following Jesus: The Plural of Disciple is Church. Alison is a member of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists and has been working in Africa since 1999. To contact Alison click here.
The Rooted in Jesus UK Administrator is Kinga Gorak. Kinga joined the UK team in September 2015. Kinga has an MA in International Relations from Cracow University, and works four afternoons a week in the ReSource office in Wells. She is responsible for the day to day administration of Rooted in Jesus, and is the primary point of contact for enquiries. To contact Kinga click here.
Rooted in Jesus Junior is overseen by Jonathan Rendall. Jonathan is the Project Leader for Rooted in Jesus Junior. Formerly a head teacher and diocesan schools adviser, Jonathan was brought up in West Africa, spent a year working in Kenya, and has made numerous visits to Tanzania for head/teacher training and establishing school partnerships. Jonathan is the primary point of contact for RinJ Junior Coordinators.To contact Jonathan click here. To request a Junior team please contact Frances at the office.
Rooted in Jesus prayer is coordinated by Clemency Fox. We know from both conviction and experience that prayer is the key to everything we do, and we take seriously our obligation to pray for Rooted in Jesus dioceses, leaders and conferences. We have a small UK based team of intercessors who pray daily for the conferences as they take place, and we publish a regular prayer diary which is used more widely (to download itclick the Prayer Diary tab in the left margin). Clemency is a committed and experienced intercessor, and we are extremely grateful to her for the dedication she brings to this task.

Rooted in Jesus in Tanzania
Rooted in Jesus was first designed in partnership between Stanley Hotay, then Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, and Roger and Alison Morgan. Stanley is now Bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, and in January 2014 he became National Director for Rooted in Jesus in Tanzania. He is supported by two Regional Coordinators, Bishop James Almasi and Canon Jacob Robert, and by Revd Dr Linnet Smith, working on secondment from the UK for 4 months each year to help with the administration and development of Rooted in Jesus throughout the country.
The Rooted in Jesus Tanzania administrator is Catherine Mwega. Caty has a degree in accountancy and is a member of Christ Church cathedral in Arusha.

Rooted in Jesus in South Africa
In South Africa Rooted in Jesus is directed by Revd Trevor Pearce, Director of Growing the Church, working with Estelle Adams, the national coordinator, and Nicole Corlew, the RinJ Junior coordinator. Trevor and his team are responsible for the introduction and support of RinJ throughout the Anglican Province of Southern Africa. Their office is in Cape Town.

Rooted in Jesus teams

Rooted in Jesus is introduced and supported by a growing number of experienced team leaders, all of whom have a track record of fruitful ministry in their own contexts.
Rooted in Jesus team leaders include (an asterisk denotes a RinJ Junior team leader):

  • Canon James Almasi, Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania
  • Revd Sonja Arnold, Associate minister, St Stephen's Twickenham
  • Canon Alan Bing, Rector of St Mary’s Ulverston
  • Ven Ian Bishop, Archdeacon of Macclesfield
  • Bishop Martin Breytenbach, Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, South Africa
  • Revd Simon Brignall, Rector of the Wriggle valley benefice, Sherborne
  • Fr Mund Cargill-Thompson, Vicar of St Barnabas, Northolt Park
  • Martin Cavender, Director of ReSource
  • *Nicole Corlew, Growing the Church, South Africa
  • Revd Mike Cotterell, Vicar of St Paul’s Slough
  • Revd Martin Daly, Associate Minister, St Mary's Upton
  • Revd Stephen Dinsmore, Director of SOMA UK
  • Ven Mike Edson, former Archdeacon of Leicester and Warden of Lee Abbey
  • Revd Matthew Grayshon, Rector of St Mary’s Hanwell
  • Revd Tim Grew, Holy Trinity Cheltenham
  • Revd John Guest, Rector of St Margaret, Stanford-le-Hope
  • Bishop John Hayden, formerly Assistant bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro
    and now of the Diocese of Chester
  • Bishop Stanley Hotay, Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Revd Amanda Johnson, Vicar of St Mary’s Addiscombe
  • Revd Brian Keel, Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowship, Lincoln
  • Revd John Lee, Rector of St Paul’s York
  • Revd John McGinley, Vicar of Holy Trinity Leicester
  • Canon Edwin Mitchell, formerly Archdeacon of Ecclesfield and Vicar of St Saviour's Mortomley
  • Revd Dr Alison Morgan, Director, Rooted in Jesus
  • Revd Richard Morgan, Vicar of the Church of the Good Samaritan, Philadelphia
  • Canon Andrew Petit, Vicar of St Mary, Cholsey
  • Canon Jacob Robert, Diocese of Mara, Tanzania
  • Revd Trevor Pearce, Director, Growing the Church, South Africa
  • *Jonathan Rendall, formerly Dept of Education, Diocese of Worcester
  • Revd Geoff Read, CMD Adviser, Diocese of Chelmsford
  • Ven Kevin Roberts, Archdeacon of Carlisle
  • *Alex Scott, Associate Minister, Holy Trinity Leicester
  • Revd Charles Unjiro, Moshi, Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Revd Helen Van Koevering, Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique
  • Jon Paul Witt, Dignity International

Rooted in Jesus teams also include experienced leaders from places where the course is in use:

  • Ven Cornelius Chalwe, Diocese of Luapula, Zambia
  • Bishop Isaiah Chambala, Diocese of Kiteto, Tanzania
  • Revd Grace Daudi, Diocese of Mara, Tanzania
  • Ven Jack Kudumela, Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, South Africa
  • Revd Jacob Lihhima, Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Revd Meshack Manyaga, Diocese of Western Tanganyika, Tanzania
  • Canon Joseph Masimosya, Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania
  • Steve Muneza, Anglican Church of Burundi
  • Revd Obadiah Mushene, Diocese of Kajiado, Kenya
  • Canon Dunstan Mtoro, Diocese of Mpwapwa, Tanzania
  • Revd Martin Mlaka, Diocese of Southern Malawi
  • Lucy Mugwanja, Diocese of Kirinyaga, Kenya
  • Revd William Musisi, Diocese of S Rwenzori, Uganda
  • Revd Joshua Opondo, Church Army, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Revd Lukas Saidi, Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania
  • Revd Michael Samuel, Diocese of Kiteto, Tanzania
  • Revd Alfred Sichone, Diocese of Northern Zambia
  • Capt James Tumwesigwe, Diocese of Southern Rwenzori, Uganda
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